the Max Headroom chronicles
Max Headroom is probably most widely known for the 1987-1988 US television series and the lengthy and ubiquitous run of Coca-Cola ads in 1986. Information about the series episodes makes up the most complete and detailed portion of his telehistory, and the Coke ads are well-remembered among both collectors and the general public.
However, Max had a long and complex history that led to those keystone roles. He originated two full years before the series premiered, and for a time seemed to be everywhere - in both 'pro per' and as the subject of parodies and copycats.
He first appeared in the 1985 UK telefilm on Channel Four. The straggling series episodes shown in the spring of 1988 were among his last major sightings.
There is a massive amount of research and verification to be done on these other shows, as none have been preserved and documented as well as the telefilm and series. A full chronology of Max's history is under development, but for the time being, this page is arranged and annotated with the time frame of each appearance.
Because this is an evolving page, I have used a mix of styles. Some entries below are summaries for which full links will follow in time. Some links connect to pages within the "mainstream" of this site such as the UK telefilm and US series entries. The rest are new and separate entries on their respective topics.
(For the many secondary, commercial iterations of Max - that is, Max products such as toys, t-shirts and the like - see the evolving Museum of Maxxiana.)
Pending the full Max chronology, this section serves as a chronological listing of all original appearances of Matt Frewer as Max Headroom.
This section lists all appearances of Max and related topics that are not primary appearances by Matt Frewer, including parodies, impersonations and copycats.
Organization, format, design and all original content ©2005-2009 James Gifford